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Royal Highness [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Mann
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The Library of Alexandria is an independent small business publishing house. We specialize in bringing back to live rare, historical and ancient books. This includes manuscripts such as: classical fiction, philosophy, science, religion, folklore, mythology, history, literature, politics and sacred texts, in addition to secret and esoteric subjects, such as: occult, freemasonry, alchemy, hermetic, shamanism and ancient knowledge. Our books are available in digital format. We have approximately 50 thousand titles in 40 different languages and we work hard every single day in order to convert more titles to digital format and make them available for our readers. Currently, we have 2000 titles available for purchase in 35 Countries in addition to the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Our titles contain an interactive table of contents for ease of navigation of the book. We sincerely hope you enjoy these treasures in the form of digital books.

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KEY POINTS: * Mann is a giant figure in 20th Century litrature and a Nobel Prize Winner. * Has been core Peguin backlist for years- now reverting to Minerva. * Brilliant new Mann packinging. * A superb new addition to the core Minerva 20th century classics.

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For His Royal Highness Prince Klaus Heinrich the modus Vivendi means servitude to ducal functions, which he graces with unthinking obedience..till he meets the rich, exotic and liberal-minded Miss Spoelmann, who possesses her fair share of spirit and a far wider experience of the world. During the course of his unorthodox and quixotically tender wooing, Klaus Heinrich, forced to reach into unknown depths of his personality, comes to find a truer existence and the real meaning of the word 'duty'.

Royal Highness, one of Thomas Mann's most delightful stories, is richly resonant with many of his themes and symbols. His careful depiction (personified by Klaus Heinrich) of a decaying, stratified society rejuvenated by modern forces illustrates in fable what he regarded as a universal truth - that ripeness and death are a necessary condition for rebirth.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 849 KB
  • Print Length: 283 pages
  • Publisher: Library of Alexandria (27 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007W6TFVK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #102,217 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Royal Highness is one of Thomas Mann's less well known novels and I am not going to try to persuade you that its status as one of his lesser novels is unjust. The book is not the equal of The Magic Mountain, The Buddenbrooks or Doctor Faustus. However it is a charming book which gently amuses the reader as he or she reads about the royal family and courtiers of a small German Grand-Duchy in the second half of the 19th Century. Thomas Mann is gently satirising German High Society during the years 1880 - 1900; what the Germans themselves called "Die Kaiserzeit" or "Das Zweiter Reich". The small economically and socially moribund Grand Duchy of Grimmburg, where the story unfolds, stands for Germany itself and it represents a Germany that badly needs a metaphorical shot in the arm. This shot in the arm comes in the form of the unconventional, nouveau tres tres riche Imma Spoelmann, daughter of a local boy émigré made very good in the USA. It is this father that Imma accompanies when in old age and infirmity he returns to the land of his birth having accumulated the wealth of a Croesus and a Midas combined. Imma herself is of mixed race (German and Native American) which is surely quite a daring touch for a novel published in Germany in 1909 at a time when Houston Stewart Chamberlain was selling books by the wheel barrow load perverting the legacy of Wagner with racist balderdash about meister-volk and unter-mensch.

The positive virtues of the old Germany are represented principally but not exclusively by our rather charming hero, Prince Klaus Heinrich Grimmburg, brother and prince regent for his sickly elder brother the Grand Duke.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle, charming, profound 18 May 2013
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This is much more accessible than the more heavyweight Mann books such as The Magic Mountain. It is short and charming: you can read as just a love story, but it is much more profound than that. I've read it several times over the years, but it was only recently that I looked it up on the WWW and discovered that the lonely prince, trapped in his meaningless life, is a metaphor for Mann himself. And Irma corresponds to ... reader, find out for yourself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Writing to die for 14 Dec. 2012
By carey r
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Plot almost non-existent (and at times ludicrous), but as a portrait of a dying monarchy, a loveless childhood and some stunning writing, its worth a read.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mann's fairy tale 2 May 2005
By D. Roberts - Published on
Here is an early Mann work that might be an excellent introduction to those who are interested in his work. It is witty, the story flows naturally and it is much less sombre than many of his later works.

The plot centers around a small German town that is a "throwback" to the days of royalty. It maintains a monarch, although the position is mainly just for show. A young Prince is promoted to being a "virtual" monarch when his lazy older brother feels he has better things to do with his time than be king.

The Prince, then, does his best to use his "exalted" (albeit symbolic) position to better the quality of life of his people. Unfortunately, the financial ministers of the kingdom are incompetent enough to make the ENRON executives proud with their mis-dealings.

For a refreshing look back at 19th (and perhaps early 20th) century Germany, this is a truly wonderful book. Mann's prose is exquisite and he always manages to poke fun at "royalty" in the most subtle ways. So, if you're looking for a fairy tale for grownups, the great Thomas Mann just MIGHT be the place to look!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the Mann novice, but a great book. 3 May 2001
By Alexiel - Published on
Thomas Mann is an excellent author, but if you've never read anything by him before, begin with "Magic Mountain" and "Death in Venice," followed by "Buddenbrooks" and "Felix Krull" before tackling this book. This is Mann's second novel and a bit of a letdown from "Buddenbrooks." Mann uses the literary technique he would later exploit in such marvelous fashion with "Magic Mountain" -- that is, examining a small, isolated part of society as a microcosm of the larger whole, namely Europe.
Without giving away any of the surprises, this book is about a rather idealistic female's impact on a small village. Mann poses thoughtful questions about the usefulness of artistic values in a bourgeois society while revealing the inner nuances of his characters as he does so artfully, as in "Buddenbrooks" and "Felix Krull."
To top it all off, this Mann novel is probably his most humorous. For those not knowledgable on Mann, he is not readily identifyable for the humour in his works, making this one rather noteworthy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My first Thomas Mann-- seems like a good place to start. 3 Sept. 2006
By frumiousb - Published on
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I was interested in reading Thomas Mann-- it was a big hole in my knowledge of German literature. A friend of mine who is something in the way of a Mann scholar recommended that I begin with Royal Highness.

I loved it. I have seen it compared to a fairy tale, but if so it is a fairy tale for modern times. The Prince is heir to a line of helplessness and theater and the Princess is a railroad heiress driven from US society because of mixed racial heritage.

I have also heard the theme of the book described as the US providing the necessary energy and change to a decaying European nation. While that is true, it is also worth bearing in mind that it is only in Europe that the railroad baron can find a place to rid himself of his legacy of exploitation. It is also only in Europe that he finds his daughter can be accepted despite her Native American grandmother. Royal Highness is the optimistic marriage of two cultures which leads to cultural renewal as much as it does a love affair.

The Curtis/McNab translation seemed very well done-- it had none of that strange stiffness than can often characterize German prose translated into English. I do not know how this will compare to other Mann books, but it was a big success as a first experience.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thomas Mann is Magic ! 26 Feb. 2013
By Neal - Published on
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Wonderful story telling and an easy read. I want to re-read his clasic "The Magic Mountain", but have been unable to find in for my e-reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars young Mann at his best 4 Dec. 2012
By David C. Cain - Published on
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While RH is a story about a prince and his princess, it is completely absurd to call this novel a "fairy tale." RH is, at most, a modern telling of a chivalric romance, more along the lines of Zola and Lawrence than anything by the brother's Grimm. The work of an obviously young Mann, RH shows much of the style and depth of his later works. Beautiful and brilliant, Royal Highness rings with literary excellence.
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